Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 14- The Gaudi' Experience #1

Today we saw our first of many architectural masterpieces designed by Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi' was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. His designs and very distinctive style were very cutting edge for his time. That is about the extent of my knowledge on Catalan Modernism, for now at least..... The mansion is called "Palau Guell" it was built in the 1880's, one of his early designs, for Eusebi Guell(that is a whole other history lesson). It combines art nouveau, Gothic and Islamic materials. Even the stables were designed with very specific detail and no expense was spared throughout the entire house, including the chimneys. It even has it's very own chapel. In a word, it was gorgeous! A dream house, not even, I am pretty sure no person could even dream up a place like this. I look forward to the rest of my upcoming Gaudi' experiences. Side note, after the civil war, police took it over and tortured political prisoners in the basement.

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